Wolves manager Nuno suggests he wishes football hadn't returned

‘I want to go back and visit my family, but I cannot’: Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo reveals his pandemic pain as he hints he would’ve preferred football NOT to have returned

  • Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo suggested he wishes football hadn’t returned
  • Nuno has been unable to see his wife and three children since early May  
  • 46-year-old spoke about the ‘fear’ that comes with the protocols at stadiums 

Nuno Espirito Santo has strongly hinted that he would rather football had not returned during a global health crisis that has prevented him seeing his family for more than two months.

Wolves would better their points total of last season if they beat Crystal Palace on Monday night and they can advance to the final eight of the Europa League if they beat Olympiacos in their last-16, second leg tie next month — but for Nuno, there is little to enjoy.

The Wolves manager’s wife and three children are in Portugal and, because there is no air bridge between there and the UK, he has not seen them since early May and does not know when he will again. Nuno stopped short of saying he was considering his future in the game, but it is clear he is not happy.

Nuno Espirito Santo suggested that he wishes football hadn’t returned during the pandemic

The 46-year-old Portuguese said: ‘When you go to the stadium and you have all these protocols and all these things, there is a fear, and you look on TV and see all the problems that are happening in the world, you cannot get away from that.

‘It’s not up to me to decide. What I felt in March hasn’t changed much. I still think we are in the middle of a big problem. Nothing has changed, but I am inside the industry and as an employee I have my obligations.

‘The world needs football and I hope it is helping. But at the same time this is not the football that everybody wants.

The Wolves manager hasn’t seen his wife and children, who are in Portugal, since early May

‘I want to go back and visit my family, but I cannot. It’s not just affecting football, it’s affecting life. Our freedom has been really, really compromised.

‘Everyone has to make their own decisions about how they want to live. We are all anxious to understand and see what is coming in the future.’

Nuno has 11 months remaining on his contract and the club are keen to tie him to a new one.

Wolves can eclipse their total from last season with victory against Crystal Palace on Monday

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